|First flight||October 1939|
|Primary users||Saunders Roe|
The Shrimp was designed by H Knowler in 1939 as a half-size research aircraft as part of a development programme for the Saunders-Roe S.38 a four-engined patrol flying-boat to Specification R.5/39 – a replacement for the Short Sunderland. The R.5/39 project was cancelled but the Shrimp was completed as a private venture. Registered as G-AFZS, it was first flown at Cowes in October 1939. It was based at Beaumaris, Anglesey where a slipway was built for it. The Ministry of Aircraft Production acquired it in 1944 with the serial TK580 for tests to help the design of the Short Shetland a successor to the R.5/39 project being developed jointly by Saro and Short Brothers. For this its twin rudder tail was swapped for a single fin and the hull was modified to represent that of the Shetland.
Data from Warplanes of the Second World War, Volume 5: Flying Boats
- Crew: 2
- Length: 42 ft 31⁄4 in (12.88 m)
- Wingspan: 50 ft (15.24 m)
- Height: 12 ft 83⁄4 in (3.88 m)
- Wing area: 340 ft2 (31.6 m2)
- Empty weight: 4,362 lb (1,979 kg)
- Loaded weight: 5,700 lb (2,586 kg)
- Max. takeoff weight: 6,200 lb (2,812 kg)
- Powerplant: 4 × Pobjoy Niagara III radial engine, 95 hp (71 kW) each
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